Help Please!  I am trying to find a simple beret pattern done in finger wieght yarn. having no luck I made one and it looks like a homeless person I will be that homeless person!! on the street, so if you see me say hi and nice hat. please if any one has a good pattern the beret is for a friend going through chemo. ( now you can see why I wouldn't give him the homeless hat, although I have no pride, he does) Thanks

JPaul's picture

Check out this link, Mark.  It's a pattern generator for a beret!  You put in the gauge for whatever size yarn you are using, enter a bit more data, like how big your head is, how big you want the beret to be, etc. and it spits out knitting instructions for the beret.  Looks very cool!


atravelingknitter's picture

Hey thanks guys! My fax is not working Lars, but here is my email, I will also try the link you gave me John!! Thanks again

A Traveling knitter

Paul's picture

Check out "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns" by Ann Budd (Interweave Press).  IT's an excellent book of basic patterns in any size and guage.  It has tam, hat, mitten, sock and sweater patterns.  I love this book!

Mark, you might also check out Ann Budd's "The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns."  If you've never seen this book, it's similar to the website John listed.  You figure the gauge for the yarn and needles you're using, match that up with the finished size you're looking for and work the pattern.  The patterns are great, plus she gives options for decrease patterns in the crown, different brims, and toppers.  It's spiral bound, so it lays flat and has a pocket in the back for notes.

I recomment this book to everyone.  It also contains patterns for gloves & mittens, hats, scarves, socks, vests, & sweaters, and all can be customized to your liking.  Perfect.

atravelingknitter's picture

thanks again sounds like the book will be a great addition to my library

A Traveling knitter

atravelingknitter's picture

thanks a gain for the link I did print that . I will use it if the seconde attempt looks as crazy as the first.  Just think I might have a whole collection of crazy people hats!!!


A Traveling knitter

Hi Mark,

I tried to make a few beret's from the knitting fiends online calculator -- it never quite worked out for me. Though she was very helpful and sent me several suggestions and ideas. The ones I tried went from being too small -- they looked more like yarmulkes -- to being way too large. I ended up felting the one that was too large and giving it to my daughter. I am still looking for a good pattern. I want to make a beret that looks like the ones John Malkovich is selling: Please let me know if you ever find a decent pattern. Ben